Monday, October 31, 2016
Nicola Watson and Tony Wayte spent a pleasant Sunday morning wandering the paths and trails round Croy, Auchinstarry and Kilsyth on the Antonine Trail race. The 13.8 mile race covers all sorts of terrain, from tarmac to boggy hill tracks, canal-side towpaths gravel paths and boardwalks across a marshy nature reserve and a couple of hill paths. Weather conditions on the day, with bright sunshine, perfect running temperatures and no breeze. Ground conditions underfoot were variable, and Nic will attest to the slippy nature of the some of the mud, taking a tumble in the first mile.
The race was won by Ciaran Dougherty of Bellahouston Road Runners in a new course record time of 1.26.00. Tony faded over the last two hills but was reasonably happy with his 28th position, and a time of 1.52.33. Nic ran a very strong race, finishing 4th woman in a time of 2.00.36 - excellent preparation for the Glen Ogle 33 next week.
Tony played a championship wildcard and joker, and moves up to 3rd place in the championship behind Wattie Mackay and Andy Gallagher, and just ahead of Aaron Dawson and Ben Murphy.
The race is well organised and super-friendly. Although it's not run by an established club, it's organised by a group of people who clearly love their running, and it's an event to be supported. The organisers also form partnerships with local charities - this year, participants were invited to make contribution to the Kilsyth food bank.
Full results are here.